Jennifer Koh, on the New York Philharmonic Biennial – May 31, 2016 at National Sawdust
to see the score: ISSUU // but currently not available for performance
The score is in two parts: Text and Notes and Rhythms — both parts make the whole of the piece.
The Text / The Scenario
From the performer’s perspective: either this is a retelling of a story you heard, or it’s a reading of an object you picked up off the street. This text is the bulk of the piece. Leave words out, repeat things, add things? Or if speaking is too uncomfortable, use an overhead projector (not an ugly one) to project this, a line at a time.
The Notes and Rhythms
Just notes really, at your own pace (hopefully quite a slow pace). Like something that drifted in off the radio. You’re remembering it now. Improvisatory. No longer than 3 minutes.
At its core, this is an oral history project. It’s a story, and some underscoring. You’re retelling the story, as you remember it (maybe you actually drift from the text), and remembering some sound you heard too. The perspective is either: as someone else told you in their retelling of the story, or as you experienced this story through living it.
Since it’s an oral history project. included are two audio scores: (text) and (notes and rhythms). As an option you could just recreate those, and leave the printed/paper materials out all together.